Posted on Thursday, 28th May 2015 by Dennis DampPrint This Post
Many retirees and active federal employees have been waiting for this for some time now. Starting this fall you will be able to enroll in any of the FEHB health plans under the new Self Plus One rate schedule. This year’s annual open season begins November 9th and the new rates will be effective January 1, 2016.
Self Plus One is a new enrollment type in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program that allows you to cover yourself and one eligible family member you designate to be covered. Starting in 2016, all FEHB plans (your health insurance plans) will offer a Self Only, a Self Plus One, and a Self and Family enrollment type. Employees and annuitants will be able to select a Self Plus One enrollment beginning in the 2015 Open Season.
The Self Plus One option isn’t automatic. In other words if you are currently enrolled in a Self and Family option, and there are only two of you to be covered, you must change your enrollment during open season to the new Self Plus One option. There are other restrictions and additional guidance is available on OPM’s Self Plus One Special Initiatives page.
The new plan information and premiums won’t be published until later this year. If you compare the savings from the Dental and Vision program in 2014 that has offered the Self Plus One option since its inception the average savings could be significant. For example, the Met Life Federal Dental Plan premium for rating area 1 Self Plus One was $17.38 in 2014 and their Standard Option Self and Family was $26.06. The Self Plus One premium was 33.3% lower than the Family option! Quite a savings especially for retirees that are living on a fixed income. My Blue Cross Blue Shield Basic Family option premium is $321.67. A 33% decrease would bring this down $106.15 to $215.52. This decrease would cover most retirees Medicare Part B premiums except for those who have income adjusted Part B premiums.
We won’t know the actual savings for several months and the savings could be more or less than what the Dental and Vision programs offer.
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